TransCanada has waited more than six years for the Obama administration to make a decision on the line, which would take as much as 830,000 barrels per day of Alberta tar sands crude to refineries on Texas’ Gulf Coast.
The delay has pushed up the cost of the line, which would run from Hardisty, Alberta, to near Houston. The company said last month that Keystone XL’s original $5.4 billion estimate is likely half of what it will now cost to build the pipeline.
Trying to make the delay look like an abundance of caution is causing Canada to look for a route to a port of their own. Secretary Kerry’s visit there is nothing more than the optics of giving the impression that the U.S. might actually want the XL pipeline. The real, and only, reason the administration is dragging its feet is because of the environmental lobby. You know, the lobbyists that then Senator Obama said would not be a part of his administration or decision-making. Because they are the only ones that are against it, it is clear that the administration values their campaign money more than the nation’s economy, security, and energy independence.
The delay is really a twofer for the president. Increasing cost on the energy sector is (in his mind) a good thing. Anything that increases the cost of fossil fuel energy is a good thing where Obama’s ideology lives. That the cost increase is not falling on taxpayers’ shoulders, but on the private sector, is the other “good” thing.
All the information that has been leaking from the Grand Jury investigation concerning Michael Brown’s death seems to be pointing to no indictment. That, under the circumstances, Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson acted properly.
The odds that the Jesse Sharpton’s and other race baiters of the world will accept that, if that’s what the decision turns out to be, are slim. There have already been threats of “retaliation” if Wilson is not put on trial. And therein lies the problem with race relations in this country. There’s no leadership from this “post-racial” administration calling for calm, reason, and a primer on law and order, and there should be. Before things get further out of control.
One of the most unreported (maybe because no one saw it, it was on MSNBC) news nuggets this week is about the so-called War on Women. The phrase itself has pre-conceived notions on what that means. The irony is, women care more for their safety than any phony meme Democrats can create to cast them as protectors of women. Or to put it another way, they are not as mindless and “on board” as Obama thinks they are.
In exploring the president’s sinking poll numbers among women, the folks on Morning Joe asked Tina Brown, the Dione of liberal feminists, what it means and why it is? Her response blows the War on Women meme out of the water. She also has come to realize the difference between what Obama says and what he does. The reality is, reality is catching up to President Obama, and women are not happy with him any more. Her response . . .
“I think they’re feeling unsafe,” Brown surmised of female voters. “They feel unsafe, economically; they’re feeling unsafe with regard to ISIS; they’re feeling unsafe about Ebola. What they’re feeling unsafe about is the government response to different crises.”
(Brown also suggested that the president’s own persona makes women voters like him less.)
“I think they’re beginning to feel a bit that Obama’s like that guy in the corner office who’s too cool for school,” she said. “[He] calls a meeting, says this has to change, doesn’t put anything in place to make sure it does change, then it goes wrong and he’s blaming everybody.”
Where the president is concerned, welcome to Realville Tina.
Sarah Palin weighed in on what Tina Brown said when asked by Sean Hannity. She said fellow females aligned with the flawed ideology of leftist feminism are to blame for many of the issues her gender currently faces. That these feminists “support liberal men who have kept women, unfortunately, embracing this lie that they should be dependent upon government.” And “fake feminists” support Obama, “whose failed policies have kept them dependent on a failed government”, while ridiculing conservative principles designed to contribute to the success of all Americans.
Timeout for a moment to mark some time. A decade. That’s how long The Lunch Counter Blog has served up politics, the right way. Exploring the issues, exposing the Left, holding the news media to account, and generally annoying Liberals with no argument beyond name-calling.
The Lunch Counter software has evolved as information sharing software evolved. Beginning with a software platform called Radio UserLand, then finally settling on WordPress.
Take a look back to August 2004, when The Lunch Counter began.
We already know that the Obama administration has illegally delayed the open enrollment period until two weeks after the mid-term elections. And, with the exemptions, delays, low new enrollment, dependent-heavy enrollment, and elimination of major funding streams for Obamacare, we now know that premiums will be going up. Not down as promised. What we in Florida didn’t know is by how much.
Here’s how much, over and above the outrageous increase an individual got last year. The surprise for businesses will come next year, after the government stops bailing out the insurance companies for their losses.
From my congressman Jeff Miller (R-FL1) . . .
In August, the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation reported that premiums for insurance plans available in Florida are set to rise by an average of 13.2 percent next year, based on rate proposals filed by Florida’s health insurance providers. Yet, many Floridians will have to wait another month to see just how much their premiums will change thanks to a decision by the Administration to delay enrollment for 2015 Obamacare plans until November 15, nearly two weeks after the midterm elections.
Immigration officials say local authorities across the U.S. released thousands of immigrants from jails this year despite efforts to take them into federal custody, including more than 3,000 with previous felony charges or convictions.
This is the Cloward-Piven strategy to a T. Overwhelm the system. What seems like incompetence of ICE, really isn’t. It’s the plan. This is but one of Obama’s Catch & Release immigration programs.
Hunter Biden, the youngest son of Vice President Joe Biden, has been kicked out of the military after testing positive for cocaine. Why not require a drug test for everyone who works in The White House, including the president? What’s good for the goose . . .
Whether President Obama would have passed a drug test on the night of 9/11/2012 is still out there. What he was doing on that night is still not known.
Seeing a trend? Obamacare open enrollment postponed until after the election. The verdict in the Berghdal “deserter” investigation is complete, but won’t be announced until after the mid-term election.
Aside from all the other smoke and mirrors the administration does, it seems now that the military has been politicized. Why the delay? Well, aside from the obvious, there’s this . . .
The Army announced on Friday that Dahl completed the initial report on his findings in the Bergdahl case. The report will now be reviewed by the director of the Army staff and senior Army leaders.
“This will be a lengthy process,” an Army spokesman wrote. “It would be inappropriate to speculate on the potential results or the amount of time the review process will take to complete.”
Which, come hell or high water, will take longer than Nov. 4.